American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. chiefly UK, Australia, New Zealand Lopsided, misaligned or off-centre.
- adj. chiefly UK, Australia, New Zealand Feeble, shaky or rickety.
- adj. computing Suffering from intermittent bugs; broken.
- adj. Generally incorrect.
- adj. inclined to shake as from weakness or defect
- adj. turned or twisted toward one side
- From English dialectal wanky, alteration of Middle English wankel ("unstable, shaky"), from Old English wancol ("unstable"), from Proto-Germanic *wankulaz (“swaying, shaky, unstable”), from Proto-Germanic *wankōnan (“to sway, be unsteady”), from Proto-Indo-European *wa(n)k-, *wek-, *wag-, *weg- (“to swing, be unsteady, slant, be crooked”). Cognate with Scots wankle ("wonky"), Dutch wankel ("shaky"), German Wankelmut ("fickleness, inconstancy, vacillation"), Danish vanke ("to wander"). See also wankle. (Wiktionary)
- Probably alteration of dialectal wanky, alteration of wankle, from Middle English wankel, from Old English wancol, unsteady. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Now, if only their email "validation" wasn't so friggin wonky ... and you could have more than one email address ... sammysam”
“Really? and not one point of view is backed up with any substance; the snobbery about the orbit, for example, which is twice so lazily described as wonky, does not shed any light on mr long's objection to the idea or the execution. in fact re-reading this - out of sheer disbelief - i find no real content whatsoever. a terrible article, a terrible journalist.”
“It's not terribly wonky, which is good, but it isn't light on specifics, either ...”
“They came out a bit wonky, which is alright, because I was too anxious to see it finished to worry about physiological accuracy.”
“Chicago is known as a wonky school full of nerdy intellectual types so it wasn't surprising that I was able to easily gather a group willing to pick up this 1079 page cinderblock.”
“The new rules being developed may seem "wonky" but are important because the national forests provide drinking water for 124 million people in more than 900 cities nationwide and habitat for more rare species than national parks, said Jane Danowitz, public lands director for the Pew Environment Group.”
“Also, I made three attempts on a kind of wonky, mostly-overhung 5. 7+ that I get all freaked out by the traverse on.”
“The internet connection there is kind of wonky, but Shawn's brother was just there and he was working on getting wireless up and running again -- so maybe I'll be able to check in and post ocassionally.”
“If you looked up the work 'wonky' in the dictionary, you'd see that first cake in the definition.”
“Despite the fact that the petition was, as Kurtz said, kind of "wonky," you immediately grasped its importance; it is highly problematic for someone as hawkish and conservative as Lieberman, who has publicly endorsed John McCain and backs the Bush-McCain war in Iraq, to hold a high ranking seat in the Democratic caucus.”
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